WhatcomTalk

Freelance Writer

WhatcomTalk shares stories about what it's like to live, work, and play in Whatcom County, including Bellingham news and feature stories. I've written dozens of articles, including business profiles and food & beverage features, including Readers Choice articles of July 2016 and February 2017


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Craft Cocktail Menus & Bartending for Nonprofit Fundraisers

Original craft cocktail menus inspired by Academy Award nominated films for Pickford Film Center's 2016 and 2017 Red Carpet Affair fundraising events. 2017's menu was inspired by musical scores from nominees: 

  • The Middle of the World - A cocktail inspired by the score from Moonlight: Gin, handcrafted Crème de Lilac (blueberry, rosemary, lilac, vanilla), preserved Meyer lemon, and golden blueberry "moon" on rosemary skewer. 
  • Stardust - A cocktail inspired by Rogue One:  Bourbon, handcrafted lime-ginger-honey syrup, gold dust, activated charcoal, Laphroig mist. 
  • Home is With Me - A cocktail inspired by the score for the film Lion: Vodka, Angostura bitters, handcrafted eucalyptus-cardamom syrup, lime, egg white, cream, club soda. 

Original Cocktail for Winter Geode Wedding Styled Shoot

This shoot-- captured at the gorgeous Crystal Ballroom at The Leopold in downtown Bellingham, WA-- was featured in the2017 issue of Couture Weddings magazine. I developed this original cocktail inspired by shades of agate and informed by Pacific Northwest flavors.

Introducing Golden Hour -  Chuckanut Bay Distillery gin, The Woods Spirit Co Amaro, Lillet Blanc, handcrafted crème de cassis, lemon, gilded crescent twist on rosemary skewer. 

Vendors - Photos: Kathryn Moran Photography / Venue: The Leopold Crystal Ballroom / Coordinator: MOMAD Productions / Flowers: Pozie by Natalie / Event Rentals: Rustic Events Rentals / Stationery: Noteworthy Ink / Cake: Gathered Confections / Hair: JL Does Hair / Makeup: Sarah Rorvig / Dress/Suit: Belle Bridal/ Jewelry: J&J Jewelry Co. / Props: Wander / Balloons: Spruce 


Photo from Negroni Afternoon (2016) by Katheryn Moran Photography. 

Photo from Negroni Afternoon (2016) by Katheryn Moran Photography

Really Awesome Drinks

Partner, Co-Founder

Really Awesome Drinks (RAD) is a partnership between Hayley Forney and Sara Holodnick for people interested in making and sipping better drinks. This project allows me to flex my event planning, drink development, and marketing muscles.  


Good Time Girls

Director, Co-Founder

Co-founder of Good Time Girls Tours (2011-present) and The Bureau of Historical Investigation (2013-2016). Responsible for collaborative creation, research, and development of guided historical walking tours that focus on regional, intersectional history of marginalized groups. In-depth experience with event planning, program development, project management, community collaborations, and marketing. Leading transition to nonprofit status. 

Good Time Girls logo by Stuff by Mat.

Good Time Girls logo by Stuff by Mat.


Previous work history brought me here, but my focus has shifted in recent years. My skills have deepened, and now I apply them in new ways. I'm passionate about stories and the many ways to tell them, and am looking for opportunities to use my gifts to put my talents to work doing so. Get in touch if you think we'd make a good fit.